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Updated June 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, I only work more than 40 hours a week when I'm so excited about what I'm doing that I can't help myself (in 24 reviews)

  • Work with really smart people who are passionate about journalism (in 25 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work life balance, Senior management will slowly make you put in longer hours at work (in 5 reviews)

  • Software developers don't have much role in product decision making (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Social Media Editor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Social Media Editor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Social Media Editor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong team rapport, surrounded by smart (and kind) people

    Cons

    Not goal-oriented, priorities not clear

    Advice to Management

    Develop the careers of everyone, not just the favorites


  2. "Great company - so happy to be here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, people, perks, and facilities.

    Cons

    Do a little better on initial salary offers to lower level employees.

  3. "Product / UX Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    --The people: Everyone is welcoming, passionate, talented, and there aren't any prima donnas (that I know of). The design teams are friendly and get along with each other.

    --The mission: I've worked for several companies that were "mission driven", a term that is too often thrown around, but not really embodied. At the Times, there's a lot of company spirit, with constant reminders of why what we are doing is important, and how we want to be impacting our readers and audience. This was huge for me.

    --Inclusiveness: The work culture is incredibly inclusive and open-minded. The Women in Tech community is large, and there's a lot of pride in that (I believe the Times won the Anita Borg award last year for being a top company for women in tech). The teams are diverse, and many teams do a lot of team-bonding type of events (teas, picnics, trips to the Met).

    --The management: I feel like the management actually listens to the ideas and suggestions of those that work below them. They also seem to genuinely care about your growth

    --The work: Sometimes the design team feels kind of start-up-y, but it a good way. Theres a lot of work to do, and a lot of it is self-directed. You get a lot of say in what you feel is important to be working on (this also ties back into being mission driven).

    -The building: Look it up. It's amazing.

    Cons

    -Working in Times Square can be hectic when you're trying to get lunch.

    -The Times appears to be trying to shrink some of it's teams, so I know some people don't feel entirely "stable". I don't think this is a concern for design though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good communication.


  4. "Account Manager--Met very smart interesting people and had the satisfaction of helping students."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mount Vernon, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mount Vernon, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pro-employee, Fairness, Ethical, Customer Oriented, Flexible work environment, Great Benefits

    Cons

    The industry is going through a very challenging period


  5. "Journalist"

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    Former Employee - Journalist in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - Journalist in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, solid core values

    Cons

    long hours, high stress, workflow


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New York Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are honestly some very warm, competent teams at the Times which care about their craft and teammates.

    The Web Development group are a great group of people who care about what they do and are able to help others learn as well.

    Nobody ever gets fired

    The Women In Tech organization strives to create a group that allows you to always find a place to feel included (note that does not mean a culture of inclusivity, just the presence of a separate group). You'll generally be able to find some group to accept you provided you don't come from a lower socio-economic bracket.

    Cons

    The culture is extremely political with people generally trying to take everyone down to rep their own brand.

    Management will not care about your concerns because no one wants to deal with drama. They'll instead focus on more straightforward initiatives that lead to quick successes so they can improve their visibility.

    The technology organization plans many greenfield initiatives that go nowhere, mostly because of a lack of cohesive cross-team collaboration and a very political culture that results in no forward movement.

    Professional growth is hard to find, considering turnover is so high and underachievers end up being promoted to leadership positions. When you find someone to grow and learn from, stick to them like glue.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the culture at the Times. Identify toxic and highly political people and remove them from the organization.

    Work on improving actual diversity at the Times rather than just Women or ensuring you have the right ratios of people with different skin tones.

    Disagree and commit on initiatives. Blocking on everything you don't understand pushes back deadlines and results in hastily-made, last minute deliverables that don't meet the standards or promote longevity.


  7. "An American Institution"

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    Former Employee - Technology Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at New York Times full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Impressive name. Good location.

    Cons

    At the time - stagnation. Stuck between print and digital.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Proceed with caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Current Employee - N/A in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, work/life balance, fair vacation time.

    Cons

    Favoritism is a severe problem

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to exit interviews.


  9. "Left Amid Major Business Shifts"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New York Times full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible work for anyone who believes in the mission of NYT and the value of credible, thoughtful journalism. Effective cross-functional collaboration.

    Cons

    Somewhat bureaucratic, somewhat late to the party on many digital media trends (this has since changed to my understanding)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Wonderful People"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Reporter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New York Times (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Brilliant people committed to doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Massively changing media landscape makes it harder and harder to do the journalism (thorough, thoughtful, project) for which Times is revered.

    Advice to Management

    Particularly for the masthead editors, filter around the desks more and talk shop. It means a lot. Every editor says they will (Bill, Jill, Dean) and they never do.


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